TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A JOB!
Admissions to the Animation entrance exam Year 1 to 3 are open to students who are in their final year of high school or who hold a high school diploma.
The entrance exam consists of a general and specialised culture test, three creativity tests and an oral motivation test where the candidate supports their portfolio. The deadline for registration for the competition is midnight on 05 April 2023. An invitation is sent by e-mail a few days before the date of the tests. The results of the competition will be communicated within 3 weeks.
If your application is accepted, you will have to fill in your registration form within the time limit announced in the email (about two weeks), otherwise your place will be offered to a candidate placed on the waiting list.
➔ Thursday, 20 April 2023 (remote)
➔ Friday 21 April 2023 (remote)
➔ Thursday 27 April 2023 (remote)
➔ Friday 28 April 2023 (remote)
The motivational interview will be conducted remotely, at a later date than the written tests. You will be contacted again when the invitation is sent to define a date together.
High school senior
CONTENT OF THE ENTRANCE EXAM
CREATIVE DRAWING (SENT 7 DAYS BEFORE THE CHOSEN EXAM DATE)
NO TIME CONSTRAINT | COEFFICIENT 18%
- Test: Creation of a series of drawings based on a given theme.
- Objective: To evaluate the ability to translate an emotion, an idea, a concept, a state of mind through drawing.
- Tip: Create animals, objects, characters, environments, landscapes by letting your imagination run wild. You can illustrate your reading and/or listening to music to produce images linked to words and emotions.
ILLUSTRATION / CONCEPT ART (SENT 7 DAYS BEFORE THE CHOSEN EXAM DATE) :
NO TIME CONSTRAINT | COEFFICIENT INCLUDED IN THE PICTURE STORYTELLING TEST
Preparation phase for the Storyboard test (see below).
- Test: Work on a character and a setting based on a given constraint.
- Objective: To assess the ability to produce a graphic proposal of the illustration type, based on an instruction.
- Tip: Practise drawing scenes from non-illustrated readings (the illustrated ones may influence your proposals too much).
CREATIVITY TEST ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM: STORYBOARD
1 HOUR 30 MINUTES | 20% COEFFICIEN
- Test: Work on a scenario and a storyboard based on a given constraint. The character developed in the preparation phase (1/2) will be put into situation in its setting.
- Objective: To assess the ability to cut a story, illustrate the main sequences and propose a storyboard integrating the work done during the illustration/concept art test (see above).
- Advice: Practise cutting up a non-illustrated story from short stories, analyse the framing chosen in films/series according to the dramaturgy.
TEST ON THE DAY OF THE COMPETITION: OBSERVATION DRAWING
1 HOUR 30 MINUTES | COEFFICIENT 18%
- Test: Reproduction of a still life.
- Objective: To assess the ability to respect a frame, the proportions of the object drawn, the perspective, the details…
- Advice: Observation is a complex process that requires regular practice. We advise you to reproduce objects from your daily life and (if possible) to follow observation drawing courses. It is also important to detach the object from its functionality and concentrate only on its visual representation.
MOTIVATION INTERVIEW + PORTFOLIO
20 MINUTES | COEFFICIENT 44%
The motivation interview aims to evaluate your creative potential and to measure your interest in the animation sector. This special moment is based on the presentation of a portfolio. It is also an opportunity to show the jury members your personality, your desires, your level of commitment to what you are passionate about and the « why » behind your application. Your interests can help you stand out from other candidates, especially if they are reflected in your portfolio. Finally, we take advantage of this exchange to evaluate your oral English level.
The test is eliminatory if the candidate obtains a mark below the average.
The motivational interview will be conducted remotely at a later date than the written tests. You will be contacted when the invitation is sent out to agree on a date.
Exemples de Portfolio :
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE EXAM?
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CREATE YOUR FILE
To register, you will need to upload an ID photo of passport format. You will also need to write about your motivation and your interests. So be sure to prepare them beforehand.
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CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT
go to the registration form and follow the instructions. Your registration will be effective only after validation and payment of the examination fee. An official invitation will be sent to you at least 8 days before the competition.
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TAKE THE EXAM
On the day of the exam, you will need to bring your invitation and your identity card. At the interview, present your portfolio and your last three report cards. If the interview takes place online, make sure you put your portfolio online and send it to the school beforehand.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there a difference between the 2D and 3D exams?
The exams are similar in content but the subjects are different. The jury’s appreciation of the student’s mastery of drawing will differ according to the course of study chosen by the student.
Can I take both the 2D and 3D exams?
Yes, it is possible to take the 2D Animation and 3D Animation exams.
Can I take the same exam more than once?
A candidate who has failed the exam may retake it the following year, subject to the age limit for registration (24 years).
Do we have to bring our own equipment?
Candidates for the exam must bring their own drawing materials. The paper is provided by the school for the various exams (if the exam is held in person).
What are the conditions of reimbursement?
You have a legal period of 14 days from the date of your payment to change your mind about your remote purchase (exam registration, stay, …). To exercise your right of withdrawal, please contact RUBIKA on firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many students are accepted at RUBIKA?
➔ 48 students in the Year 1 3D Animation (2 classes)
➔ 48 students in the Year 1 2D Animation (2 classes)
➔ 24 students in the Year 1 3D Animation International class (1 class)
How many people take the exam?
Approximately 800 candidates take the exam, all fields of study included.
Are there any exam annals?
Unfortunately, RUBIKA does not offer any exams. However, here is a selection of books that will help you progress:
- Michael Hampton – Figure drawing
- Terryl Whitlatch – Animals, Real and imagined
- Scott Robertson – How to draw sketches and environments
- Richard William – Animation Techniques
- Stephen Silver – The Silver way – Techniques, Tips and Tutorials
You can also check out these websites:
- The Art of Animation (page Facebook)
- Wallpapers and Artworks (page Facebook)
- Character Design References (page Facebook)
- Creature Box (page Facebook)
What are the expectations for the portfolio?
There is no particular formalism expected for the portfolio but a great expectation on the variety, the quantity and the quality of the works presented (anatomical drawings, observation drawings, perspectives, creations of characters, sceneries, …), possibly one (or several) sketchbook(s) and other paper or digital realizations, in 2D, 3D or other techniques.
In the case of a very rich content, it is advisable to make a pre-selection in order to be sure to show the work most representative of the level already acquired. The rest of the work will be made available to the examiner who will be able to consult it during the exchange.
Here is an example of a portfolio which we invite you to get as close as possible:
How can I best prepare myself?
➔ Draw every day: you can easily produce one drawing a day … Creative or observational, it doesn’t matter but draw!
➔ Educate yourself: watch movies, news reports, read books, … This will feed your imagination and creativity!
➔ Inform yourself about the jobs and techniques related to the field you want to take!
There are also Stays of Preparation for the exam to approach the exam at best.